A SCARBOROUGH man has made a desperate plea for dog owners to keep their animals on a lead after his pet was attacked.
Terry Jones issued the appeal after Bully, a three-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, was left with cuts to his mouth and head and a swollen jaw after being bitten by another dog.
Mr Jones, of South Cliff, who said Bully was “terrified” after his ordeal, feared a child could be injured if owners do not take heed of his warning.
Mr Jones was walking Bully in Regent Street when another Staffordshire bull terrier appeared.
He said: “I took Bully out on a lead and the next thing this other dog came along.
“I come every day to walk him and we go all over the area.
“However, on this occasion the other dog came from nowhere and Bully was left with his injuries.
“My real worry is that a dog could attack a child in the future.
“I do not want anyone else to get hurt but the next time it could be a child and not a dog.
“The onus is on owners to look after their dogs properly.
“All Staffordshire bull terriers should be on a lead or muzzled.”
Mr Jones, who works as a decorator, looks after Bully for a friend, and said the pair share a great bond.
He revealed it was the second time his four-legged friend had been hurt by a dog in the past four months.
However, despite his injuries, Mr Jones didn’t take Bully to the vets for treatment and bathed him at home to try to calm the shaken dog down.
But he said Bully, who is also the mascot for the Indigo Alley pub, in North Marine Road, was still taking time to recover from his ordeal.
He added: “He is normally such a happy and excitable dog around everyone.
“But when this happened he was frightened to death and shaking like a leaf.
“He is not 100 per cent and still terrified when he goes out of the house.
“But he is so gentle and doesn’t bark or bite.
“The people in the pub absolutely love him too.”